Archive for the ‘Going Green’ Category

April 02, 2013

100% Recyclable Umbrella

recycle umbrellaTheoretically, umbrellas on the market today are made of recyclable materials such as metal, plastic and wood. However, they can’t be recycled as they are. In order to be properly disposed of, umbrellas need to be disassembled, which means that most of them just end up going to landfills. Developed in Italy by Federico Venturi, Gianluca Savalli and Marco Righi, the ‘Ginkgo’ is an innovative compact umbrella, redesigned from scratch and made entirely out of one recyclable material – polypropylene. Using injection molding process, the number of ‘Ginkgo’ components are considerably reduced, so when Ginkgo finally reaches the end of its useful life you can just toss it in the recycle bin.

Source: Designboom

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March 31, 2013

The Shed – a Temporary Theatre

side-nat.jpg.492x0_q85_crop-smartWhat a brilliant splash of red this new temporary theatre makes. Called The Shed, it is being opened as part of London’s National Theatre and is just going to be there for a year as renovations of the main space take place. Set against a concrete backdrop, The Shed was constructed out of materials that can easily be reused (steel, plywood etc), and the steelwork was left unpainted so that it can easily be recycled.

Source: Treehugger

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March 12, 2013

Nano Garden

nano-garden-1.jpeg.492x0_q85_crop-smartThe futuristic Nano Garden allows urban dwellers to grow trays of veggies, herbs and greens right in their kitchen. Nano Garden is a vegetable garden for the apartment kitchen, using hydroponics, so users don’t need to worry about pesticides or fertilizers. Dreamed up by a team of designers from Hyundai’s engineering and construction division and South Korean design firm Gromo, the Nano Kitchen concept is a bronze winner at the Fast Company 2010 Idea awards in the category of commercial and industrial product.

Source: Treehugger

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March 02, 2013

Bios Urn

02_Urna_BiosThe Bios Urn project is a conceptual design by Martín Ruiz de Azúa that reintroduces the human being to the natural circle of life. Bios is a mortuary urn made from biodegradable materials: coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose. Inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once the urn is planted, the seed germinates and begins to grow. The seed can be changed for a different type of seed or plant more adequate to the chosen planting place, if need be.

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February 23, 2013

Joshua Tree by Hangar Design Group

joshua-tree-1Joshua Tree is a mobile compact home designed by Italy-based Hangar Design Group combining the warmth and cozy wood structure of mountain home, the size and look of a cabin, and the flexibility of an RV. Created to accommodate from 3 to 4 people, Joshua Tree does not sacrifice the comfort of ample living space, with two bedrooms and baths it is perfect to host young families or groups of friends.

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February 21, 2013

Lahas Zone by CROX International

Lahas ZoneThe City of Yiwu in China houses the world’s biggest small goods market. Having seemingly arisen over night, it is now the center of trading for small goods in the world. The city strongly encourages young entrepreneurs, and with that in mind, the Lahas Zone was idealistically conceived and designed, centering a green environment that can incorporate services, offices, and exhibitions all into living comfortably. Lahas Zone was comprehensively renovated from an old factory building instead of built a new on the Lahas Zone site in accordance to maintaining green.

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February 07, 2013

The World’s First Vertical Forest

Bosco-Verticale1Milan is one of the most polluted cities in the world, and the Bosco Verticale project aims to mitigate some of the environmental damage that has been inflicted upon the city by urbanization. The design is made up of two high-density tower blocks with integrated photovoltaic energy systems and trees and vegetation planted on the facade. The plants help capture CO2 and dust in the air, reduce the need to mechanically heat and cool the tower’s apartments, and help mitigate the area’s urban heat island effect – particularly during the summer when temperatures can reach over 100 degrees.

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February 05, 2013

Goedzak Garbage Bag

Goedzak-42Maarten Heijltjes & Simon Akkaya are the Dutch designers behind Goedzak – a special garbage bag for items that are still useable. ‘Goedzak’ means both ‘good bag’ and ‘do-gooder’ in Dutch. According to the engineers, their concept is a friendly way to offer products a second chance and stimulate sustainable behavior.

Goedzak is one of the resulting designs from Akkaya’s graduation project “Design for Altruism” at Delft University of Technology. His goal was to design products that stimulate people to act to benefit others, preferably complete strangers.

Source: Springwise

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February 03, 2013

Volcane and Lagune Coffee Tables

volcaneDesign studio Bellila have created Volcane and Lagune, coffee tables that feature built-in gardens. Volcane is a table with a strong mineral character, which proposes a subtle dosage between function and aesthetics. Lagune is a sober and general-purpose table, which can welcome easily a landscape, a Zen garden, or even a pond with fish.

Source: Contemporist

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January 31, 2013

E+ For Effort

e-green-home-facadeThe E+ Green Home, a concept house located an hour outside Seoul, not only points the way to a greener South Korea, it may well be the most sustainable house in the country. Riding a wave of dissatisfaction with high-rise dwelling, growing numbers of South Koreans are looking for a different, more sustainable way to live. And a new housing prototype in Kyeong-Gi—the E+ Green Home—showcases the sustainable building prowess of the firm Kolon Engineering and Construction and also the design acumen of Seoul’s Unsangdong Architects Cooperation.

Source: Dwell

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